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Senate Republican Majority-backed Voter Registration Measure Stifles New Yorkers

Democrats contend the measure would disenfranchise thousands of New York voters

 

June 19, 2008
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Statement By Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding The Funeral Of Journalist Timothy Russert

ALBANY, NY – June 18, 2008 – "Tim Russert was the everyman that everyone wanted to know and be around. In death we mourn his loss but we honor his life and celebrate him as a proud parent, son, Buffalo native, a man of faith as well as a fair journalist and loyal Democrat. Tim worked in the NYS Assembly, in the US Senate and the NYS Executive Chamber before deciding to move to network television where he mentored so many young journalists at NBC News.

June 18, 2008
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Final Legislative Push In Senate Urges Republican Majority To Enact Key Bills

                    Senate Democratic Conference push for mortgage reform and paid family leave  (Albany, NY) -- Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) was joined by his Senate colleagues today to urge Senate Republicans in the final days of the legislative session to pass bills to protect homeowners from the mortgage foreclosure crisis, to enact paid family leave, pass progressive Brownfields legislation and act to address the crushing property tax burden. 

June 18, 2008
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Senate Democrats Bring New Life To NYC Off-Track-Betting

New Legislation saves more than 1500 jobs

ALBANY, NY – June 16, 2008 – Senate Democrats have come to the rescue for more than 1500 workers of New York City Off-Track-Betting (NYC OTB) by voting unanimously to pass legislation to avoid shutting down the organization and approving a state takeover of the facilities.

State lawmakers passed a measure today creating an entity called the NYC OTB, a public benefit corporation. NYC OTB will continue to broadcast races on cable television (Channels 71 and 73) for three years.

June 17, 2008
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Senate Democrats To Republican-led Senate: “Remember New Yorkers And Support End Of Session Priority Legislation”

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) will be joined by Senate Democratic colleagues as they urge the Senate Republican majority to pass several key measures before the close of the 2008 session. Key legislation includes the paid family leave, mortgage reform, and property tax relief.

June 17, 2008
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Senate Democrats Form New Task Force To Help Eradicate Domestic Violence In New York Homes

(Albany, NY)  Senate Democrats are calling for tougher laws on domestic abusers and holistic family support systems for victims in New York as the number of  incidents continue to increase in some parts of New York.

June 17, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Senate Colleagues To Introduce New Task Force On Domestic Violence

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) will be joined by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Mount Vernon) Senate Colleagues, advocates and law officials to introduce the Senate Minority Task Force on Domestic Violence.

The Task Force has been formed to look into continued incidents of domestic violence in New York and shape new legislation to improve victim services statewide.

June 16, 2008
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Senate Republicans Block Senate Democrats' Efforts To Protect Senior Meals-on-wheels Programs And Senior Centers

ALBANY, NY – On June 12, 2008 Senate Republicans blocked a proposal by Democrats to protect the Meals-on-Wheels program and Senior Center services in New York City, by voting against allowing the measure to come to the floor for debate or a vote.

June 16, 2008
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Senate Democrats Call On Republican Colleagues To Meet Half Way On Paid Family Leave Bill

With Father’s Day this Sunday, Senate Democrats are calling on the Republican Majority to move legislation to the floor guaranteeing Paid Family Leave to New Yorkers before the end of session.

State Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith is heading the end of session charge with the entire 30-member Democratic Conference, each of whom signed a letter addressed to Senator Thomas Morahan (R-New City) in support of S.8428.

June 12, 2008
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Statement By Senator Smith Congratulating Senate Colleagues For Passing Legislation Extending The Tuition Waver Program For Police Officers At The City University Of New York

Smith urges Senate colleagues to consider passing other recommendations outlined in the New York State Tri-Level Legislative Report

June 12, 2008
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Senate Democratic Conference Backs Statewide Sex Education Initiative

Senate Democrats urge Republican-led Senate to pass the Healthy Teens Act to fund age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education at local schools

June 11, 2008
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On The Appointment Of New ESDC Chair

“I commend Governor Paterson for his nomination of Robert Wilmers to head the Empire State Development Corporation. He has a long track record of successfully handling million dollar budgets during his tenure in the financial sector. He will bring a wealth of talent, knowledge and experience to this new position.

June 6, 2008
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Tri-level Legislative Task Force Unveils Findings On Public Safety Report

The Tri-Level Legislative Task Force and Co-Chair Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will hold a press conference to release the findings of a report prepared after a series of public hearings were held to examine police practices, procedures, and their impact on the community. The Task Force was formed in the aftermath of the 2006 fatal shooting of Sean Bell by police, which sparked community outrage and protests.

June 6, 2008
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Senate Democrats And Health Advocates Push Legislation To Stop Tier 4 Prescription Drug Price Increases.

(ALBANY, NY) Senate Democrats joined health advocates in calling for the bipartisan support and passage of stronger legislation protecting consumers from health insurers increasing prescription drug co-payments in New York state beyond the reach of those who need the medication most.

June 5, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Statement On New York State Commission On Property Tax Relief Preliminary Report Of Findings And Recommendations:

"It is time to lower property taxes and the recommendations outlined by the property tax relief commission represent a major step in the right direction. Based on our preliminary assessments, the proposed plan would help control the rate of school tax increases while providing needed property tax relief to working families throughout the state based on their ability to pay.

June 3, 2008
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Stop The Violence

(ALBANY, NY – June 3, 2008 – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – Queens) spoke before the Albany Gun Violence Task Force discussing recent shootings across the state.

June 3, 2008
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State Legislators Convene Emergency Citywide Summit In Response To Recent Shootings

Governor David Paterson, Congressman Charles Rangel, and State Senate Democrats joined citywide officials in crafting Operation SNUG to address gun violence

 

June 1, 2008
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State Legislators Convene Emergency Gun Violence Summit With Police, Elected Officials & Community Leaders

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will be joined by representatives of the New York City Police Department, District Attorneys, elected officials and community leaders in a citywide emergency meeting to address the recent spike in shooting incidents across the five boroughs. Law enforcement officials have been asked to provide detailed reports on the recent shootings in Harlem, the Rockaways, Jackson Heights, Prospect Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

May 30, 2008
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Senate Democrats Advocate For Bipartisan Passage Of Enhanced Statewide Brownfields Legislation To Accelerate Neighborhood Clean-ups And Provide $1 Billion In Tax Credits

New legislation would also create new jobs, help build affordable housing and provide $40 million in community grants

 

May 28, 2008
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Senate Measure Strengthens Child Sex Abuse Crimes

Legislation creates a new law imposing prison time  for use of alcohol or drugs during child sex acts 

ALBANY, NY – May 20, 2008 – The second of a three bill package to combat child sex abuse sponsored by State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans) has passed the Senate unanimously.

May 20, 2008
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